Tour of Britain visits Lake District

Stage 2 Mon 5th September Carlisle - Kendal 

Stage Two will see the Tour of Britain return to Cumbria once again on Monday 5 September as the county emphatically declares itself 'open for business' after this winter's devastating flooding, with a stage from Carlisle city centre to the tough finishing climb of Beast Banks in Kendal, via Cockermouth, Keswick and Ambleside.

Keep an eye out and make sure to cheer them along. #TeamGB

The Route Stage 2;

 

 

Carlisle, Penrith, Cockermouth, Keswick, Ambleside, Windermere, Keswick

Stage two will offer plenty of familiar terrain for riders, given the Lake District has appeared in numerous editions of the modern Tour. Although the start and finish points of stage two are exactly the same as a 2013 stage won by Gerald Ciolek – the same uphill finish at Beast Banks will again be used – the parcours differs. Most notably, that stage three years ago included the challenging Honister Pass climb, whereas this stage’s toughest climb will be that out of Ambleside in the closing kilometres.


 

Swinging from the trees, to a dip in the lake

Need something for the whole family to enjoy not too far away from your lodge?

Nestled on the shores on Windermere, Brockhole visitor centre has a little something for everyone.With a bit of planning and prior booking you can wear out children and adults alike on their Tree Top Trek adventure ropes. A zip wire hurtling towards Lake Windermere is an opportunity not to be missed!

They have a great playground for older children, as well as crazy golf and a nature trail. In the kitchen garden you will often see the gardeners working away carefully tending to the crops.     Why not bring a picnic and take in the views, whilst the kids play on the grass here:    

They have a great playground for older children, as well as crazy golf and a nature trail. In the kitchen garden you will often see the gardeners working away carefully tending to the crops.

 

Why not bring a picnic and take in the views, whilst the kids play on the grass here:

 

Down by the lake, you can hire boats and kayaks or take part in one of the wild swimming lessons that happen over summer. There is also bike hire so that you can explore more of what Brockhole can offer.

 

One of the cruises also docks at Brockhole to take people across to another lovely attraction called Wray Castle, so you can truly make a full day of it both sides of the lake.

 

If you are lucky to visit us sometime soon, you will also tick another Herdwick off your Herdwick Trail list ran by Calvert Trust

Inside you can learn all about Cumbria’s rich history, whilst the younger children play in the soft play area. Then you can grab yourself a great Panini in the café made with as much locally sourced produce as they can find. A great way to spend the day, and you can even pick yourself up some  Kendal Mint Cake liqueur  or a  Herdy mug  in the gift shop on your way out.

Inside you can learn all about Cumbria’s rich history, whilst the younger children play in the soft play area. Then you can grab yourself a great Panini in the café made with as much locally sourced produce as they can find. A great way to spend the day, and you can even pick yourself up some Kendal Mint Cake liqueur or a Herdy mug in the gift shop on your way out.

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From the tops of Bowfell to the pints at the Dungeon Ghyll!

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Many join us in the Lakes to experience the gloriousness of the fells. We are

lucky to be located in the Southern Fells district, with the Langdales on our doorstep.

Standing at 902m (2,959ft), Bowfell makes up the skyline at the head of Great

Langdale. If you only have chance to do one big walk, then this is a must-do as its a great way of taking in the sights of other surrounding fells in order to pop them on your to-do list for next time.

Even though it is supposedly summertime, on the fells the weather can be changeable, as these photos will demonstrate! So, a word of warning– be prepared. And take cake.

There are various planned routes for Bowfell and Crinkle Crags, not surprising really as it was one of Wainwrights favourites. A circular one is best for those travelling by car, although get there early as parking is a bit of a rare commodity.  This route is a good one for those who are not hardened hikers but still promises a strenuous and rewarding route to the summit.

It is a two and a half hour walk, passing beautiful scenery such as Three Tarns on the col between Crinkle Crags and Bowfell:

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You can see Scafell and Scafell Pike in the background –making up the highest peaks in the Lake District.  The views from the top can tend to be misty unless you are really lucky, but you can still see the beauty of the Lake District in all its glory.

Whilst you are looking down, don't be surprised to find a climber or two. Indeed, if you are an experience climber, Bowfell is a brilliant climb (so we are reliably informed!)

On the descent, the surroundings never fail to keep things interesting, with gorges and streams, waterfalls and views at every turn. It can get a bit steep both up and down, so be prepared to use all fours at some stage.

Of course, what is one of the best parts of a good walk? That's right–the pint at the end! With several good pubs at the end of the walk,you'll be spoiled for choice for local ale to reward yourself with!

The Old Dungeon Ghyll

The Old Dungeon Ghyll

A Feast of Inspiration!

We are not too far away from this awesome place called Rheged which is a lovely entertainment venue full of artisan food shops, exhibitions, pottery classes and soft play for kids as well as a brilliant little cinema. It’s a perfect day out for a family of all ages, especially if the weather is to be desired (there is a reason why it’s the ‘Lake District’ after all…)

Rheged host various events and in August they are hosting the first ever Cumbrian Vegan Festival.

With stalls and demonstrations on vegan cooking and ingredients it truly is a great opportunity to get inspired, even if you are not totally meat free or vegan yourself. They will also have some great show-only offers for you if you do fancy buying anything. It’s only £2 per ticket too, which is an absolute bargain.

To find out more, please check out the Cumbrian Vegan Festival website here.

 

Rheged pride themselves on offering lots of local ingredients in their shops so you can find yourself something nice for tea whilst staying at one of our gorgeous lodges. Well known local chef Peter Sidwell also has a small restaurant on site offering wonderful, filling meals so you can treat the family to lunch.

 

It is an easy place to get to, about five minutes off the M6. Find out more about upcoming events at Rheged here.

 

Experience the Ratty

Do you like trains? Especially steam trains? A bit of history and some unrivalled scenery too? Well, you’re in luck! A little drive away unveils the wonderful location of Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railway station in Ravenglass.

Ravenglass is the only coastal village within the Lake District National Park and it is home to what the locals lovingly call the ‘Ratty’.

You can board the beautiful steam train and go on a journey including seven stops to Boot Station, where you can have a nibble and a drink whilst they turn the train around in the traditional manner and reload the coal ready for the journey back.

The route takes in some of Wainwright’s favourite views such as the highest peaks of the Scafell Range.

Fact of the day: Some of the locals use this train as part of their daily commute too, so it’s not just a tourist attraction!

The drive from Ambleside to Ravenglass is a rewarding journey over Hard Knott and Wrynose but if the weather is particularly hazardous, you may want to find another route as the conditions on the tops can be dangerous in bad weather. On a good day though it is one of the most beautiful car journeys you are ever likely to take.

You will find adults and children all enjoying this traditional day out, and in true Cumbria style you can take your dog too if you have one. After all, they are part of the family too aren’t they?

More information on the railway can be found here.